Bulk access technology is indiscriminately corrosive of online privacy and impinges on the very essence of the right guaranteed by [the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights],” Emmerson, a prominent human rights lawyer, concludes. The programmes, he said, “pose a direct and ongoing challenge to an established norm of international law.

Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims | World news | The Guardian

The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives. Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws.

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Technology | The Guardian

But what’s easy to miss here is that said cable companies have merrily gobbled up the vast majority of means by which Americans might access this new standalone HBO. That’s why HBO’s announcement comes along with the thought that the company might partner with cable companies to offer some sort of HBO deal related to buying broadband service from them. Or, put another way, this might be the death knell for cable companies. But it also might be the ultimate signifier of just how much power they truly have.

HBO’s new streaming service won’t kill cable companies. It might make them stronger - Vox

The U.S. reiterated its stance in favor of a multistakeholder model for Internet governance today. Speaking before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said that the United States will “not allow the global Internet to be co-opted by any person, entity, or nation seeking to substitute their parochial worldview for the collective wisdom of this community.” At a minimum, the United States appears cognizant of the risks at hand.

US Government Says No Single Entity Or Nation Will Control The Internet | TechCrunch

last year almost a third of people looking to buy something started on Amazon — that’s more than twice the number who went straight to Google

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In successive waves, innovation pioneered in the financial markets has been adopted to dating. Online dating’s initial trading platforms—Match created in 1995, JDate in 1997, etc.—were the relationship equivalent to the online trading sites that first allowed investors to directly manage their own portfolios….

Then came quantitative trading. EHarmony’s “scientific approach” came out in 2000, with later editions augmented by an “algorithm of love.” OkCupid, launched in 2004, has brought us big-data dating…

Then came high-frequency trading. Sites like Grindr, launched in 2009, or Tinder, launched in 2012, give a whole new meaning to what Michael Lewis has described as “flash boys” in the financial markets. We now swipe left or right so quickly that we can’t even fully process the transactions—in this case, people—flashing across our screens.

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The search engine giant has received nearly 145,000 requests to take down 497,000 websites in the wake of a major court ruling in Europe earlier this year, it said in a report on Friday. Google has complied with about 41 percent of those requests.

Google ‘forgets’ 170,000 websites | TheHill

FBI employee Steve Dupre received questions ranging from the use of cell phone apps to download free music , to Spotify and other means of retrieving music. “If you’re doing that, stop doing it.” Dupree said. He explained how the FBI will ask people during interviews how many songs, movies and books they have downloaded because the FBI considers it to be stealing. During the first two phases of interviews, everything is recorded and then turned into a report. This report is then passed along to a polygraph technician to be used during the applicant’s exam, which consists of a 55-page questionnaire. If an applicant is caught lying, they can no longer apply for an FBI agent position.

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Just as people won’t put their money in a bank they won’t trust, people won’t use an Internet they won’t trust," Smith said. Panelist Ramsey Homsany, general counsel for online storage company Dropbox, said the trust between customers and businesses that is at the core of the Internet’s economic engine has begun to "rot it from the inside out." "The trust element is extremely insidious," Homsany said. "It’s about personal emails, it’s about photos, it’s about plans, it’s about medical records.

US spying scandal will ‘break the Internet,’ says Google’s Schmidt - CNET

It is unacceptable for any hotel to intentionally disable personal hotspots while also charging consumers and small businesses high fees to use the hotel’s own Wi-Fi network," Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC’s enforcement bureau, says in a statement. "This practice puts consumers in the untenable position of either paying twice for the same service or forgoing internet access altogether.

Marriott to pay $600,000 settlement for jamming Wi-Fi hotspots | The Verge